Samsung Electronics is continuing its interest in the e-sports sector.
Samsung Next, an investment subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has invested in the all-in-one competitive game and e-sports platform “Gankster.”
According to industries on the 9th, Gangster raised $4.25 million (about 5.6 billion won) through seed investment rounds. The funding was jointly led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Hets Ventures, and Samsung Next, Overwolf and a number of angel investors participated.
Gangster is a game startup established in Israel in 2021 and is focusing on building back-end infrastructure and operating systems to build competing game systems. Gangster wants to focus the e-sports ecosystem on one platform by providing networks and tools for teams, individuals, publishers, tournament organizers, and brands.
Users can team up on Gangster’s platform, compete and practice with other users, and track game data. As a result, it has already partnered with famous e-sports clubs such as TSM, Dignitas, and Immortals, and the number of registered general user teams has exceeded 20,000.
Gangster plans to invest the attracted funds in recruiting talent, expanding its game lineup, funding competitions, and growing the online game community. In addition, revenue generation will begin in the first quarter of 2023.